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Mbalizi paralegal organization (Mbapao)

Mbalizi, Mbeya, Tanzania
Joined August 2021

Mission: Rise legal and human rights awareness to protect women and children’s rights and of the general public.

Presence in: Tanzania
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

Mbalizi Paralegal Organization (MBAPAO) is a non- governmental organization was established in 19th September 2016 and got registered number 11NGO/000885 of Tanzania under NGO Act 2002. It is an independent Tanzania organization formed by community of Mbeya region and supported by legal services facilities (LSF) with the central theme of promoting ‘’access to justice for the marginalized and poor community through community and legal empowerment approach’’. The Organization was registered as a legal aid provider at 25th July 2019 under the Ministry of constitution and legal affairs and Taxpayer Identification number is 137-360-810

MBAPAO complements government efforts by contributing to the implementation of various policies and hence brings development to the citizens. Our primary focus is on Women and children. We aim at empowering them by giving them legal education and skills to face the challenges.

The formation of MBAPAO was inspired by among other factors; availability of large number of women and children who need and legal Aid education on sexual violence, understanding of women needs, understanding of the potential human rights in bringing social development and changes in communities and country at large, MKUKUTA and MDGs, Tanzania development vision 2025, the realities currently facing women and children in our country as well as our district (women unemployment, sexual corruption and declining leadership) and experience gained through working with women and children in various women’s group, women led organizations national and International.

 Our Vision

Attain a society that respects women and children’s rights.

Our Mission

MBAPAO aimed to rise legal and human rights awareness to protect women and children’s rights and of the general public.


People Associated With This Organization

Sylivester Chawe

Mbalizi paralegal organization (Mbapao)
Joined August 2021
Interests: Generalist Legal Services
Full Name: Sylvester Shaban Chawe
Religion: Christian
Sex: Male
Language: Swahili & English (Written and Spoken)

2016 – 2017 Teofilo Kisanji University (TEKU) – MBEYA
Award: Post Graduate Diploma In Education.
2010 – 2013 Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) – DODOMA
Award: Degree in Population and Development Planning.
2008 – 2010 Itamba High School – IRINGA
Award: Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education.
2004 – 2007 Madibira Secondary School – MBEYA
Award: Certificate of Secondary School Education.
1997 – 2003 Mapogoro Primary School – MBEYA
Award: Certificate of Primary school Education Examination
3.0 SHORT COURSES 2015 - 25 days paralegal training.
Award: paralegal training certificate. 2019 - Paralegal Refresher Training. Award; Certificate for paralegal refreshers training. from September 2014 – To date i'm at Mbalizi Paralegal Organization (MBAPAO).
Physical Address: Soko la ZZK- Mbalizi Mbeya.
Position: coordinator.
-Prevent incidence of Gender Based Violence (GBV) for women by using community paralegals in Mbeya Rural.
-Promote access of justice to community in particular women and children through community paralegal services (2016-2020).
-Coordinating seminars to various groups like women's groups and special groups.
-Delivery of legal services.
-Resolution of various cases.
-Case management by coordinating all aspects of a case and ensuring appropriate steps are taken in a timely fashion.
-Fact checking.
-performing legal research.
-Analysis,summarizing document and report writing as well as attending to office matter.
-To conduct client interviews and maintain contact with clients.
-Prepare legal documents.
-Community mobilization.
So, I’m now looking to take my career to the next level. After being in the field for six years as i mentioned later, I feel I’m ready to take control of an entire team and to embrace the difficult role of being the next level in legal services issues.
Sylivester Chawe is the network champion (main point of contact) for Mbalizi paralegal organization (Mbapao).

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